A native of Cheboygan, MI, James King was an English with Honors and Honors College graduate of WMU in 1967, and in 1970 he earned an M.A. from Western in English and Ancient History, before earning a Ph.D. in radio broadcasting from the University of Michigan in 1973. After three years of teaching radio history and management at the University of Cincinnati, he moved to Xavier University where in addition to teaching duties he became general manager of WXVU, a 10-watt public radio station serving the campus area.
During his tenure, WXVU has become a seven-station network serving not only much of southern Ohio, but eastern Indiana, and with stations in Manistee and Rogers City, much of northern Michigan. Listeners everywhere can tune in to www.xstarnet.com, a website which Dr. King recently devoted a sabbatical to redesigning. The station has won more awards than any other public radio station in Ohio, including a George Foster Peabody Award.